Tuesday, January 03, 2006

The Bad and The Good

Despite the fact that I have a beautiful new spinning wheel to use, not much spinning has been done these past few days. I'm slogging my way through the final stages of the Feather and Fan Shawl and haven't spun at all over the past few days.

The actual knitting of the shawl is all done now. I am working on the outer, crocheted and beaded border. That part looks lovely. There are, however, some rather large and scary holes in the shawl. At least two, possibly more. From what I can see so far they are caused by knit-two-togethers where one of the "two" were dropped. EEP! As the individual dropped stitches slid out, downward toward the center of the shawl, they became many stitches as they opened up through yarn over increases, knit 2 togethers, etc. Fun, fun, fun. I saw the potential for trouble a while back but with all the stitches crammed on a circular needle I could not spread them out far enough to deal with it.

On the good side, they can't slide any lower than where they are because they were "created" from yarn overs and have slid back to the row in which they were created. It will be a major fix, but I'll deal with it when I get the outer edge done so that it is all off the needles and I can see what I am doing.

Wish me luck. And patience. And perseverance. And intestinal fortitude.


Melanie said...

I feel your pain! May the knitting fairies be watching over you. I know you will persevere. Is the tencel slippery?

Marlene said...

Melanie says "Is the tencel slippery?"

Slippery, slithery, slidy, and slick. And a very, very fast "runner". Able to drop a full repeat in the time it takes to say NOOOOOOoooooooooooooo!

Leisel said...

Oh, my! I wouldn't even know where to begin on a fix like you're talking about. Dropped stitches through lace may very well be this knitter's worst knitting fear.

dragon knitter said...

ACK! break a leg, marlene!